Kanin Peninsula Reindeer Herders’ Winter Camp
During this journey you will get acquainted with the everyday life of the
indigenous population of Northern European Russia in the winter period and
visit the ancient settlements, with traditional herding culture of the Nenets
people and the peculiarities of modern life and living conditions of the Reindeer
Duration: 5 days/4 nights;
Accommodation: 4 nights in
an old rustic wooden house in Kariepolye in all-inclusive home accommodation
with basic facilities; optional one night stay in reindeer herders’ camp.
Required: General good health
as travel on snowmobiles and reindeer sledges are moderately challenging.
Good winter attire essential.
Included: English speaking
Arkhangelsk - Sovpolje. The journey will start at 8 a.m. from the Dvina
Hotel on a minibus through scattered villages with wooden houses in between
forests approximately 300 km north of Arkhangelsk all the way to small settlement
of Sovpolye. The journey will takes about 6-7 hours with several small stops.
• First stop will be in the small settlement Belogorye, where you can rest
and drink some coffee in the small cafe.
• Pinega – an ancient Russian settlement. Short stop for rest and sightseeing.
• Sovpolie. The final stop on the minibus journey. Dinner.
From this small settlement Sovpolie the journey continues with snowmobiles
towards a tiny village of Kariepolye. A track through snowy taiga forests
(about 50 km) leads you to the world of yesterday with a unique opportunity
to stay overnight in a village of old wooden houses from the 19th century
where horse-drawn sledges and snowmobiles are the only modes of transportation.
Experience the Russian banja after day’s travel in winter conditions. After
the banja you have an opportunity to enjoy local hospitality and basic but
delicious homemade food including local delicacies like cloudberry or arctic
Kariepolye - Nenets reindeer herders’ winter camp. A day trip offers you
a glimpse of authentic ways of everyday living of the nomad Nenets herders
who reside in the region over winter months before migrating back to tundra
with their herd to their summer pastures by the Barents Sea. Though at first
side you may imagine that you have entered the world of the yesteryear the
signs of modernity show you a living culture adapting to today’s demands.
After visiting the herders’ camp you have a chance to experience a ride on
a sledge pulled by three reindeer. This journey takes you to a larger reindeer
herd and you have an opportunity to observe reindeer herders and their dogs
in action as they perform their everyday tasks. Optionally, you can stay overnight
in the reindeer herders’ camp.
Kariepolye – reindeer herd. You travel back to the reindeer herd and spend
there all day long. You can observe the traditional way of reindeer; you will
recognize how to hold reindeer herd and meet reindeer herders. You will have
a chance to ride on a sledge and wear traditional Nenets clothes.
Kariepolye – Mezen. During your trip on the snowmobiles to Mezen (about
50 km) you will cross the Mezen River and observe tourist advantages of Mezen
District. After excursion of Mezen settlement you will travel back to Kariepolye
settlement for rest, dinner and Russian banja.
Day 5 (snowmobiles, minibus)
Kariepolye – Sovpolye – Arkhangelsk. Departure to Arkhangelsk
• Weather: In February – March we have long winter day, usually in the afternoon
sun shining and at the night frosts occur. You have to be ready for the winter
weather, it can be 30 – 35 degrees below 0 and snowstorms.
• Transport: minibus, snowmobiles, Nenets’ reindeer sledges.
• Accomodation: Accomodation in old peasants’ house and reindeer tent (if
you wish, but max. 2 persons per night). Russian banja.
• Nourishment: during all journey you will test traditional Nenets’ (reindeer
meet and fish) and Russian (homemade backing, milk, brew) cuisine. You also
can try traditional Russian alcohol drinks (in Nenets camp all alcohol is
• Interpreter: Guides and interpreter services are included.
• Safety and communication: During the trip you will be provided with the
Satellite phone, but mobile phone will be out of service. You should follow
the safety rules and instructions during ride on the snowmobiles and reindeer
sledges, especially during group transportation. You should inform can you
or not to ride the snowmobile and do you have driving license.
• Facilities and services: you should be ready for the hiking conditions,
lack of toilets in reindeer camp. Also you should be ready to live in old
fashion wooden house without urban amenities.
• Medical care and insurance: you should draw the medical insurance beforehand
and inform you guide about possible medical problems, food allergies and physical
• Clothes: You will need warm clothes and items of personal care. If you would
like to wear traditional Nenets clothes you should inform us about your wishes
and sizes before your trip.
• Costs. The price includes transportation from and to Arkhangelsk, accommodation
in Koriepolye and nourishment during the all trip. Tourist visa, accommodation
in Arkhangelsk and other expenses and tours in Arkhangelsk are not included.
- Traditional souvenirs,
- Visits to museums and places of interest,
- Additional wishes can be discussed
For additional fee you can extend your visit with an extra day in the Pomor
capital Arkhangelsk. A guided tour in English is a recommended option to become
acquainted with this historically important northern city or you can just
go shopping and wander around in the streets of Arkhangelsk, also you can
visit museum of wooden architecture “Malye Korely”.
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